The 11th Annual Western Canadian Poker Classic kicked off in Edmonton on May 21, 2013. Satellites ran alternating days at the new Pure Canadian Gaming Casinos for an entire week leading up to the events. Local players jumped on their chance to get into the tournament frenzy for as little as $75. The large prize pools definitely brought out the top tournament specialists in town, as well as some of Edmonton’s most recognized poker players from the early days – (from left to right : Jerry Carter, Glen Cymbaluk, Cal X Anderson)
There was no shortage of action as the Thursday night 7:00 pm $350+$50 Super Satellite at the Argyll Casino Edmonton Pure Poker Room generated a hungry prize pool of rebuys and 8 players would receive entries into all events of the WCPC. After 5 hours of play at around 12:00 midnight they had reached the final 9, but the Edmonton players showed grit and determination to fight for a piece of the $35,000 + prize pool that was created.
With all players looking to avoid the elusive “bubble” – Brian Fleming (featured above pictures: far right) decided to come in for a big raise (8x) with pocket aces, hoping to take down the blinds and antes. The big blind’s set of 7-7’s on the flop would seal their fate just after 4:40 am – they had played the bubble for over four and a half hours!
(Pictured above right: Argyll Casino Edmonton Pure Poker Room entrance, and on the right is the Pure Canadian Gaming – Casino Yellowhead front entrance)
The first tournament up for grabs was Sunday’s 6-Max with a buy in of $500+50. The big story here was Sal Haji. Making it into the Event through a $75 Satellite at Argyll, Sal had to rebuy to stay alive in order to make the top 7.
Once into the event though, surviving was no problem as Sal flopped a straight flush with a suited 6-8, felting 2 players as a result and giving him a comfortable stack to make all sorts of plays with a wide hand range and eventually make the final table.
The sharks were out as the 6-Max final table proved to be no joke and Kyle Levicki took home the 1st prize and $15,300 over extremely solid opponents.
(left: 2nd place Duc Nguyen, right: 3rd place Bash Ramahi)
Pot Limit Omaha (PLO)
The Tuesday 7:00 PM $250+25 Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) event produced a prize pool of over $52,200 with 208 entries. Any Vegas casino would be proud to have this kind of a turn out for an Omaha tournament. Ed Tonnelier continued to prove why they call him “Omaha Ed” everywhere he goes, picking up a third place in the PLO event on Tuesday – which I’m sure was no surprise to many. Congratulations to Jeremy Kemp for shipping $7,410 and the first place bragging rights. You can bet that PLO is widely heard about in Edmonton.
Tuesday night’s PLO cash game was much larger than the tournament of course and Wednesday night’s $5/$10 game saw minimum stack sizes of around $10,000. Impressive opportunities.
The $720+$80 Main Event had three starting days which allowed all soldiers a chance to play each day and enter the finals with their largest chip stack. Making the top 10 % in the $720+$80 would also pay $1,200 on that day – which players liked because it would allow them to play multiple days without more cash out of pocket. Joanne Jost (and the crew at the Pure Poker Rooms in Edmonton) did a great job tweaking the tournament scheduling, catering to the players and making these events the best they could! Listen to the full audio recording of the interview with Joanne Jost attached to our next article tomorrow, and find out why she really is the heart of poker in Edmonton.
Saturday hosted the $1500 + $150 buy in with James Bahn gladly pocketed $32 K for this one day event. George Mounsef picked up his second final table of the series coming in 5th ($8,250) and his 6-Max 4th place ($4,700) showing that he was among the top players of the field this week.
The three starting days for the $720+$80 event proved to be a success with a huge tournament prize pool was developing. The chip leader on Sunday’s final 10 % was Merlin Landry chipping up to 340,200. The chip leaders from day 1a and 1b were James Bahn (257,700) and Ryan Comely (244,000). This was not setting up for an easy final table as Edmonton grinder Jerome Makonen, hot off a final table at the Calgary Deer Foot Main Event this spring would be there looking for a win with a healthy chip stack of 237,700. (featured below are the final ten players of the $720+$80 Main Event)
CanadaPoker.com congratulates Ryan Comely for winning the 11th Annual WCPC Main Event and $45,000, as well as Jerome Makonen on his runner-up finish and $27,000.
Pure Canadian Gaming hosted a great series, demonstrating the strength of poker in Edmonton. With two major tournaments during the same weeks (WPT CSC) surpassing the $500,000 estimated prize pool in Edmonton was a major accomplishment for Canadian Poker. The Poker Dealers and Gaming Staff deserve a round of applause for a job well done.
This has been Ryan Snyder keeping you up to date with Poker in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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